Recent Release Roundup
News / March 16, 2020

The following recent releases did not get advance listings and thus weren’t in our weekly release schedule. Beckett Wrestling Price Guide 2020 by Beckett Media The newest title on the Beckett Price Guide book calendar, this first edition of the Beckett Wrestling Price Guide contains pricing for trading cards and action figures/Funko POP! Figures and will include a bonus UFC/MMA section. The wrestling collectibles field has been underserved in recent years. With the release of this new book, that’s about to change. The Headlock of Destiny: An Epic Fantasy / Pro Wrestling Mash-up (Titan Wars) by Samuel Gately Some say titans are descended from giants. Others say they are risen from men. But there’s never any debate about where to find them. They will be in the center of a roaring crowd, beating the hell out of each other. From contenders like the Savage and Scott Flawless to pretenders like Richard the Living Portrait and Troll-Blooded Thom, a titan’s lot in life is the same: To wrestle for dominion and glory in the squared circle. Van, a quiet titan from the brewery town of Headwaters, wants no part in this. He’d prefer to be left alone with a beer. But…

New Philosophy Book Coming
News / February 6, 2020

A new book on philosophy in wrestling is due for release in June. Philosophy Smackdown by Douglas Edwards has the following advance notice: From its carnival origins to its current status as a global phenomenon, pro wrestling has a unique presence in popular culture. Part sport and part theatre, the impressive antics of its larger-than-life characters have captured the imaginations of generations of fans, and prompted endless speculation about behind-the-scenes machinations. Philosophy Smackdown is a study of pro wrestling as distinctive as pro wrestling itself: it is the first philosophical look at this major cultural spectacle. Philosopher and fan Douglas Edwards takes both philosophy and pro wrestling to parts unknown. With liveliness, humor and insight, he shows that pro wrestling is fertile ground for reflection on fundamental human issues, such as reality, freedom, identity, morality, justice, and meaning. He explores these through pivotal events in pro wrestling, from the eighties heyday of Hulkamania to the recent emergence of AEW. Philosophy Smackdown is a read that will delight philosophers and pro wrestling fans alike. It’s time to ask yourself: Whatcha gonna do when Philosophy Smackdown runs wild on you? I’ll have a full review in due course.

A Quick Site Update
News / January 21, 2020

I’ve now completed the reconstruction of the site and am pleased to say I’ve cobbled together every review that was on the original version (which covered every book I owned in print.) Throw in the ones that I’ve added in the meantime and the site now has 195 reviews. I’ll still be updating the site with new reviews but the pace will obviously slow significantly as I read through new books (of which I have a healthy backlog.) I will still be adding the weekly release schedule updates and the occasional round-up of books that were released without advance notice. Thanks for all your support and for spreading the word. If you’ve enjoyed the blog, please do check out my own books.

Recent Release Roundup
News / January 13, 2020

The following recent releases did not get advance listings and thus weren’t in our weekly release schedule. Owen Hart: King of Pranks: The Ultimate Anthology of Owen’s Greatest Ribs, Pranks and Stories After his passing in May 1999 at the age of 34, the world discovered a couple of things about Owen Hart that hitherto had only been fully appreciated by his friends, family and colleagues:One – Owen was one of the most highly-respected and beloved people in the wrestling industry.Two – Owen was perhaps the greatest prankster in the history of the business.Through exhaustive research, this book chronicles more than 100 pranks, jokes and ribs Owen perpetrated on his co-workers, friends, family and even his boss as told by witnesses, co-conspirators and of course, the victims.Also included in this book is a truncated biography of Owen’s life in and out of the ring, as well as innumerable fun facts and ridiculous side stories from the wacky world of professional wrestling.All hail The King of Pranks and long live The King! Nikolai by John Crowther NIKOLAI is the authorized comic biography of Croatian wrestling legend, Nikolai Volkoff, 2005 WWE Hall of Famer, former WWF Tag Team Champion, and former partner of…

Recent Release Roundup
News / November 4, 2019

The following recent releases did not get advance listings and thus weren’t in our weekly release schedule. Battle Volume 1 – A Timeline of Combat Sports & Sports Entertainment: The Results of the Biggest Matches from 1885 to 1992 Battle Volume 2 – A Timeline of Combat Sports & Sports Entertainment: The Results of the Biggest Matches from 1993 through 1999 Battle Volume 2 presents the early years of results, interesting facts, shocking moments, crossovers, and much more.Battle Volume 2 covers some of the most historical years in combat sports & professional wrestling. The timeline starts with 1993. Not only does 1993 feature the birth of the UFC, but also the debut of the legendary K-1 World Grand Prix tournament. Beyond those two iconic events that would lead to a rise in MMA & kickboxing, but the year also was the birth of Japanese Mixed Martial Arts due to the formation Pancrase. As UFC was running into problems with being banned in the United States, Pride Fighting Championships became extremely popular in Japan thanks to the pro wrestlers such as Nobuhiko Takada battling the legendary Rickson Gracie. Another Japanese pro wrestler by the name of Kazushi Sakuraba would take Japan…

Stephanie McMahon Autobiography Back On The Books
News , Uncategorized / November 4, 2019

After a previously abandoned book titled “Ladyballs”, Stephanie McMahon once again has an autobiography on the schedule, this time set for August 2020 and titled UNREAL: Inside the Crazy, Fun Show Business World of WWE An entertaining, empowering and revealing memoir packed with never-before-told stories from Stephanie McMahon, the daughter of Vince McMahon, wife of Paul “Triple H” Levesque, and the Chief Brand Officer of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), one of the most powerful brands in entertainment today. In the ring as one half of the powerful “Authority,” Stephanie McMahon’s on-screen life is full of drama, villains, heroes, romance and scandal. However, Stephanie’s on-screen life pales in comparison to the real story of the family behind the global entertainment powerhouse WWE. This revealing memoir exposes her life growing up behind the scenes in WWE as the daughter of WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. It also uncovers the secrets of her tumultuous romance with her husband Triple H, the frightening FBI investigation that threatened her family, and the reasons Stephanie rose above the rest to become the company’s global brand ambassador. Stephanie shares never-before-told stories of what it was like growing up in the shadow of the ring, and of…

New Book Covers Canadian Heavyweight Title
News / October 2, 2019

Dick Bourne, author of several books on major wrestling championships, has a new title due out this fall: The Canadian Heavyweight Title – The Complete History 1978-1984 In 1978 as the Toronto territory was taking off with the young stars of Mid-Atlantic wrestling, promoter Frank Tunney introduced a local championship. That title, the first true local title in many years, was called the Canadian Heavyweight Title to be defended by the top star in Maple Leaf Wrestling. The title drew from the earlier days of wrestling when the top Canadian wrestler would defend his laurels across the country and occasionally -the world.  From 1978 to 1984 the Canadian title would be defended in Toronto and the circuit towns– and around North America on occasion. During those years locally known as ‘the Mid-Atlantic era’, the area was one of the most exciting and important territories in the wrestling world.  Frank was a long-time member of the NWA and was close to many of the major promoters including Vince McMahon Sr. (WWWF/WWF), Verne Gagne (AWA) and Jim Crockett Jr. (JCP) Those relationships would ensure a steady diet of World champions and champions of different territories defending their titles in Toronto. Our Canadian…

Recent Release Roundup
News / October 1, 2019

The following recent releases did not get advance listings and thus weren’t in our weekly release schedule. Wrestling in the Garden, volume 1: 1875-1939: The Battle for New York – Works, Shoots & Double Crosses by Scott Teal & J Michael Kenyon There has always been something special about attending an event in New York City — sporting events, theater, movies, concerts — and even though wrestling fans in the Northeast loved their local venues, when push came to shove, the one place they’d rather see wrestling than any other was Madison Square Garden. Contrary to popular belief, pro wrestling wasn’t always a big draw in the Garden, even though NYC was the number one media market in the world.  There were decades when wrestling languished in the Garden and promoters lost money, but they continued to book the building because of the reputation that came with it, and since 1875, most of wrestling’s biggest attractions plied their trade in the building(s) at one time or another.  For many years, the Garden was considered to be the wrestling Mecca, and many great moments in wrestling history took place with those walls, including: January 19, 1880 — William Muldoon beat Thiebaud Bauer to become…

Andre The Giant Book Details
News / September 23, 2019

The front cover for The Eighth Wonder of the World: The True Story of André the Giant is now available: It’s written by Pat Laprade and Bertrand Herbert, who’ve previously worked on a Mad Dog Vachon biography and a history of Montreal wrestling. Laprade was an adviser on the acclaimed HBO documentary on Andre, so this should be a highly reliable account of Andre’s life and times. Full blurb is as follows: Is there a way to find truth in the stuff of legend? You may think you know André the Giant — but who was André Roussimoff? This comprehensive biography addresses the burning questions, outrageous stories, and common misconceptions about his height, his weight, his drawing power as a superstar, and his seemingly unparalleled capacity for food and alcohol. But more importantly, The Eighth Wonder of the World: The True Story of André the Giant transports readers beyond the smoke and mirrors of professional wrestling into the life of a real man. Born in France, André worked on his family’s farm until he was 18, when he moved to Paris to pursue professional wrestling. A truly extraordinary figure, André went on to become an international icon and world traveler, all while…

Recent Release Roundup
News / July 29, 2019

The following recent releases did not get advance listings and thus weren’t in our weekly release schedule. Thanks to Alex Sarti for spotting a couple of these titles. Strong Style by Scott Norton & Adam Randis Strong Style is the autobiography of Scott “Flash” Norton, world arm-wrestling champion and professional wrestler whose career spanned the AWA, WCW, and New Japan Pro Wrestling. His career took him to ice roads in northern Canada, Pay Per View, small rural towns in Japan, the Tokyo Dome, and North Korea. This autobiography provides an honest look back at the many successes in Norton’s career as well as the hardships and personal growth he experienced. Readers will spend a significant period of time with Norton during his career as one of the few Western wrestlers to become the heavyweight champion of a major Japanese promotion and his relationships with the wrestlers and fans on both sides of the Pacific. This book is filled with personal stories, anecdotes, and wrestling “ribs” that will amuse and enlighten wrestling and non-wrestling fans alike. Unladylike: A Grrrl’s Guide to Wrestling by Heather Von Bandenburg Forget what you think you know about wrestling. In the world of Heather Honeybadger, aka Rana Venenosa,…